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Name: Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program
School/Institution: U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science
City: Arlington
State: VA
Opportunity Type: RET
Teacher Status: Inservice
Teacher Level: Elementary School
Middle School
High School
Description: The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Act was signed into law in November 1994. The law gives the Department of Energy responsibility for administering the program of distinguished educator fellowships for elementary and secondary school mathematics and science teachers. Selected teachers spend up to one year in a Congressional Office or a federal agency. Agencies that have participated include: the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Education (ED), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Fellows provide their educational expertise, years of experience and personal insights to these offices.

Some of the outstanding contributions of Einstein Fellows include:

* Initiating collaborations and establishing partnerships among federal agencies
* Designing and implementing national science, technology, engineering, math, and STEM education programs
* Drafting legislation and influencing policy that seek to improve K-16 education in the United States
* Creating Web-based science education programs
* Establishing and evaluating national and regional programs centered on school reform and teacher preparation in STEM education.

The Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education assists in the administration of the Einstein Fellowship program. The Triangle Coalition, in coordination with the Office of Science, handles the recruitment of teachers, the application process, the selection process, and the placement and orientation of the Fellows. The Triangle Coalition also monitors and evaluates the quality of experiences the Fellows receive in their respective positions. The Office of Science remains the ultimate steward of the program's management. Information about the current and past Fellows, how to contact them, their duties, and day-to-day activities can be found at the Triangle Coalition web site:

Fellows are expected to:

* represent educators in a professional manner
* complete the eleven month appointment
* submit regular written reports, presentations, and surveys related to the Fellowship experience
* participate in professional development meetings specifically designed for Fellows
* contribute to the betterment of the fellowship program.

This is not a JOB ... It is a fellowship and it is intended to support the intellectual and professional development of teachers who have a sincere desire to contribute their expertise and be involved in the advancement of science, technology, engineering, and math education.

Einstein Fellows serve for eleven months in professional staff positions in a sponsoring agency. Fellows also may serve in the office of a member of the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives or committee office. Appointments begin in September and end in July.
Start Date: 08/30/2011
End Date: 07/27/2012
Application Deadline: 01/04/2011
Opportunity Website:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Benefits: Stipend
Travel Reimbursement
Benefit Explanation: Each Einstein Fellow receives a monthly stipend of $6000.00 plus a $1000.00 monthly cost of living allowance. In addition, there is a moving/relocation allowance as well as funds for travel to conferences, workshops, and other professional development opportunities.
Citizenship Requirement: U.S. Citizen
Other Prerequisites: Each applicant must meet the following criteria:

* have a minimum of five years full-time classroom teaching experience prior to completing the application;
* have been teaching full time in a public or private elementary or secondary school for at least five of the last seven years;
* provide three recommendations one of which is from  a school district official;
* be currently employed full-time in a public or private elementary or secondary school or school district.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Kathryn Culbertson
Phone: (800) 582-0115